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Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

Four southeast urban lakes stocked with rainbow trout

LINCOLN, Neb. – Four urban lakes in southeast Nebraska were stocked with rainbow trout April 2. The Grove Trout Rearing Station in Antelope County stocked the following lakes: Humboldt City Park Lake, 350 trout; Auburn Rotary Club Lake, 800; Stanton Lake, Falls City, 200; and Pawnee City Pond, 300. Scheduled trout stockings across Nebraska may be delayed because of inclement weather and recent flooding, which impacted roads and hatcheries. An updated scheduled will be provided when conditions improve. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/fishstockingreports …

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Elm Creek trout stocking suspended until habitat improves

LINCOLN, Neb. – Rainbow trout stockings will not occur this spring at Elm Creek because high water has had a detrimental impact on trout habitat there. Until stream conditions improve, the likelihood of Elm Creek holding and supporting trout is impaired. With more stable water flows, habitat conditions should improve at Elm Creek, which is located east of Red Cloud in Webster County, and stocking can resume in the future. In addition, inclement weather prevented the trout stocking at Plum …

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Game and Parks working proactively to assess conditions at state park areas

LINCOLN, Neb. – While most state park areas across the state are open, some state parks, state historical parks, state recreation areas and wildlife management areas located along rivers and streams in eastern and central Nebraska remained temporarily closed following recent flooding. Game and Parks staff have been working diligently to assess the damage and develop recovery plans for affected areas. A list of parks that are closed, partially closed or accessible only by alternate route is available on the …

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Access to Blue Lake closed temporarily

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is temporarily closing access to Blue Lake in the Sandhills of Garden County while the ground thaws. Commission fisheries staff decided this week to close the 2.7-mile two-track trail through private property because of poor road conditions brought on by a wet spring. A lease agreement between the Commission and a private landowner provides access to the remote lake. The Commission will reopen the road when conditions improve. Several sandhill lakes …

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Producers in southwest Nebraska eligible for cover crop initiative

LINCOLN, Neb. – Ag producers in Frontier, Furnas, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, and Red Willow counties are eligible to receive $61.20 per acre assistance for planting multispecies cover crops. Cover crops can be planted in the spring for a full growing season or after wheat or other summer-harvested crop, and grazing is allowed. “Cover crops can be established on whole fields, partial fields, or as field borders,” said Eric Zach, ag program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Cover …

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April 5 clinic to help women select the perfect shotgun

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women interested in learning how to pick the perfect shotgun for their next hunting and shooting sports endeavor are invited to attend the Women’s Shotgun Selection Clinic April 5. Experts from Scheels will teach participants what to look for when buying a shotgun, and how to select a shotgun that is a good fit for them. The clinic will be held at the Scheels store in Lincoln, located at 3030 Pine Lake Road, and takes place from …

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More rainbow trout stockings scheduled for March 30

LINCOLN, Neb. – Seven more lakes and ponds are scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout March 30, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery will stock 10-inch trout in the following locations, with quantities and approximate times (give or take 30 minutes): Oxford City Lake, 150, 11 a.m.; Plum Creek Park Pond, Lexington, 750, noon; and Lake Helen, Gothenburg, 2,000, 12:45 p.m. The Calamus State Fish Hatchery stocking schedule, with deliveries from …

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Experience Platte River State Park event is April 27

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women are invited to spend a fun, relaxing day at Platte River State Park on April 27 as part of a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., participants age 18 and older in the Experience Platte River State Park event will spend time at the range shooting rifles, shotguns and bows, hike the park’s trails and explore Crawdad Creek. Register at outdoornebraska.gov/bow. Registration and a $30 fee are due April 22. A …

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Learn to Hunt Spring Turkey event is March 28

LINCOLN, Neb. – Unravel the mystery, excitement and challenge of spring turkey hunting by attending a free workshop March 28 at Platte River State Park near Louisville. The Learn to Hunt Spring Turkey workshop will run from 6-8:30 p.m. at Scott Lodge. Topics will include basics, biology, scouting, equipment, strategies and more. This event is designed for those with limited experience and is ideal for those wanting to expand into this pursuit. A park entry permit is required. Register at …

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